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The 50 Best RPG On PC

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What did we miss? We could have drafted a top 50 roguelikes list so even though we haven’t necessarily missed anything, we’ve certainly excluded many a worthy game.

There were plenty of titles that almost made the cut and some members of the team are inconsolable that one of their personal picks ended up in that unenviable 51st spot. We’re light on JRPGs, which is down to their availability on PC as well as our own particular tastes. There are a few games that would have cracked the top 50 if we’d been comfortable classifying them as RPGs, most notably Desktop Dungeons (a puzzle game), Outcast (a something game), Freedom Force (a tactical superhero biff ’em up game) and Jagged Alliance 2 (a strategy game( although also one of the best games in any genre (snip and that’s enough out of you – ed))).

There are undoubtedly games that you feel should have been included or that should have ranked much higher (or lower) but the important thing is that we’re right the collection of games, as well as those alluded to in the addendum to each entry, demonstrate the rich variety of the genre and should provide you with plenty to enjoy, discuss and celebrate.

Here are some observations about the list:

Free: Five of the games are free, including Bethesda’s Daggerfall.

Series and Settings: Speaking of Daggerfall, there are three Elder Scrolls games in the list. Fallout and Ultima are the only other series with more than one entry (two apiece, counting Ultima Underworld as an Ultima title). Dungeons & Dragons is the most popular setting though. Across all the various D&D worlds, there are five entries, most of which are planted in the Forgotten Realms. Thirty nine take place in settings that were created specifically for the game in question (or the series it is part of) rather than based on an external property. The remainder are mostly based on pen and paper RPG systems.

Fantasy: Broadly speaking, fantasy settings are dominant, as you might expect. However, fifteen games are either outright science fiction or something close enough that they don’t quite fit with the sword and sorcery themes typical of fantasy.

Points of view: A slightly niche point of differentiation but an interesting one nonetheless – fifteen of the games are entirely or partly played from a first-person perspective. And before you shake your fist and claim that you “remember when all of this were isometric fields”, many of the earliest games had a first-person viewpoint, including Pool of Radiance.

Here’s the full list:

1. Dark Souls
2. Planescape: Torment
3. Baldur’s Gate 2
4. Morrowind
5. Utima VII
6. Deus Ex
7. The Witcher 3
8. System Shock 2
9. FTL
10. Fallout
11. Dragon Age: Origins
12. Divinity: Original Sin
13. Legend of Grimrock II
14. Ultima Underworld II
15. Dwarf Fortress
16. Mass Effect 2
17. Pillars of Eternity
18. Zanbgand
19. Vampire: Bloodlines
20. NEO Scavenger
21. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
23. Anachranox
24. Fallout: New Vegas
25. Avernum: Escape From The Pit
26. UnReal World
27. Din’s Curse
28. ADOM
29. Sunless Sea
30. Daggerfall
31. Banner Saga
32. Titan Quest
33. Skyrim
34. Darkest Dungeon
35. Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer
36. Shadowrun Dragonfall Director’s Cut
37. Wasteland 2
38. Wizardry VIII
39. Betrayal at Krondor
40. Darklands
41. Eye of the Beholder
42. Brogue
43. Torchlight 2
44. Pool of Radiance
45. Space Rangers 2
46. Recettear: An Item’s Shop Tale
47. Diablo II
48. Risen
49. Dungeon Master
50. Hand of Fate

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